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Commencement Registration and Tickets

Registration and ticket ordering information for Commencement

Commencement Registration 

If you graduated in November 2023 or anticipate graduating in the March or May 2024 degree period, you are eligible to participate in the May 2024 Commencement activities! After you have applied for your degree, you will need to register to participate in Commencement and order your tickets. 

Please note: Submitting your degree application in my.harvard is not the same process as registering for Commencement tickets. Signing up for the events and ordering tickets is an additional step students must take to attend Commencement.

Commencement registration will open on Monday, April 1, and will remain available through Sunday, April 28. Once you successfully register, you will receive an email confirmation of your order. If you do not receive a confirmation email, this means you did not complete/submit the form and we will not have a ticket packet for you when you arrive at pickup. Please be sure you received confirmation or contact our office immediately at gsaa@fas.harvard.edu.

Are you an AB/AM and AB/SM degree candidate? You will participate with Harvard College and your undergraduate house in receipt of the AB degree, which is conferred last during the Commencement Exercises. AB/AM and AB/SM candidates are not eligible to attend Harvard Griffin GSAS Commencement activities or receive guest tickets through Harvard Griffin GSAS. 

Ticket Allocations

Ticket allocations are outlined below for each event. Please read carefully. 

Please note: All registered graduating students will receive a Commencement 2024 lanyard at ticket pickup. This lanyard, and your regalia, will serve as your "ticket" to enter the Yard and attend the Commencement Exercises. You will not have a physical ticket for that event.

EventTicket Allocation
Dean’s Receptionstudent + two guests maximum 
Commencement Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre student + two guests maximum 

Diploma Awarding Ceremony in Sanders Theatre

PhD and terminal master's candidates only*

student + two guests maximum 
Champagne Reception and Luncheonone complimentary ticket for student; $20 for each guest ticket

*Master's in passing candidates are encouraged to participate in the University-wide Commencement Exercises and Reception and Luncheon. Master's in passing candidates are not eligible to participate in the Harvard Griffin GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony as it is not a terminal degree. 

Ticket Pick-Up

Students must pick up their tickets in person, with Harvard ID or photo identification, during the week of Commencement. Dates and times are posted below. Tickets cannot be mailed or picked up by anyone other than the degree candidate. No exceptions. 

  • Friday, May 17, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Graduate Student Lounge, Student Center at Harvard Griffin GSAS (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard  

  • Monday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Graduate Student Lounge, Student Center at Harvard Griffin GSAS (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard  

  • Tuesday, May 21, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Graduate Student Lounge, Student Center at Harvard Griffin GSAS (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard  

  • Wednesday, May 22, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Graduate Student Lounge, Student Center at Harvard Griffin GSAS (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard  

  • Thursday, May 23, 7:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Harvard Griffin GSAS Information Tent, Maxwell Dworkin, 33 Oxford Street

Events Calendar